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Abenomics -- an escape route from land scandal

Bold reforms offer Abe chance to change news agenda and recover support

| Japan
Going back to economics, the source of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's popular support.

Donald Trump's embattled presidency can revel in at least one piece of good news: He is no longer the most unpopular leader among Group of Seven peers. That dubious honor falls to Japan's Shinzo Abe, whose domestic numbers are deep in the 30-40% range.

Prime Minister Abe's standing has plummeted as a year-long cronyism scandal reemerges, raising fresh questions about his political survival. The dust-up over the sale of public land at a deep discount to a school company with ties to Abe's wife has investors questioning something bigger: Can Abenomics endure?

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